Parkland Press

Friday, May 29, 2020

Fairlough takes it all in; Trojans’ Dawkins ready to ‘hit and go’

Sunday, August 18, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the fast-paced world of high school football, Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough still tries to step back and look at the big picture.

It’s his version of smelling the roses and keeping some moderation.

“Over time, I think I have tried to slow things down and enjoy everything that goes into it,” said Fairclough recently at the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Football Foundation media night at Northampton High School Aug. 6. He was among 18 coaches from the greater Lehigh Valley who represented their schools along with a handful of players from each team.

Williams is enjoying NFL journey

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In his first two games with the Los Angeles Chargers, Andre Williams didn’t have a carry.

Yet, he didn’t really mind.

The former Parkland High and Boston College standout running back was adjusting to his new surroundings on the West Coast with the Chargers as well as a few other things.

He also discovered how small this world can be.

After spending his first two years with the New York Giants, Williams signed a free agent contract with the Chargers last season and spent the majority of the 2016 season on their practice squad.

Williams picked up by Chargers

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With a rekindled attitude and approach, Andre Williams came into Giants’ camp this summer looking to make an impact with a different twist. He usually has managed to take advantage of his chances on and off the field.

After bursting on the scene in his rookie season as New York’s fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, the former Parkland High standout struggled through last season, as he gained 257 yards on 88 carries, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. His playing time was affected when the team signed free agent Shane Vereen, often creating a three-to-four-back offense

Running Ramblings

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With the imprint of winter has finally landing upon us, runners and walks are beginning to revert back to their old winter running and training ways. There is hope an incessant blast of 40 degree and above temperatures will remain, but there likely are more winter salvos to be fired before spring.

Trying to find a race to train or to maintain can be a conundrum. However, the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR) is one group that has a solution.

PHS grad Gillette enjoys local 5K circuit

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Someday, Matt Gillette might entertain running a half-marathon or even a marathon. In the meantime, Gillette is enjoying himself on the 5K circuit.

The former Parkland High School and Shippensburg University standout recently won the Emmaus Dash and Splash 5K and has been among the top finishers in various races across the Lehigh Valley and beyond. A few weeks earlier, Gillette won the Firecracker 4-mile race in Easton.

Williams is excited for finale in Philly

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In his rookie season, Andre Williams has experienced a myriad of situations and has gained another big brother in the process.

During the summer, Williams, a former Parkland and Boston College standout, began to open some eyes late in the New York Giants' summer camp with a series of impressive showings in the club's preseason games.

Williams, who was the Giants' fourth-round pick, then got the call when lead back Rashad Jennings went down with an injury. The Heisman Trophy candidate produced a modest 165 yards during the span.

Andre Williams adapts to pro football

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Andre Williams knew he had to adjust his running style when he was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants this year.

The former Parkland High School and Boston College player rambled his way to fame in a straight-ahead, bulldozing style that gained him notoriety as only the 16th player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.